|Tom Levee made the 870 mile trek through New Mexico. He continues his journey now moving south from the northern-most point of the CDT in Glacier National Park.|
During his expedition, Tom encountered demanding terrains in New Mexico, including elevations exceeding 11,000 feet. Despite the difficulties, he pressed on, leaving behind unforgettable moments and breathtaking vistas. However, the trail also presented unexpected and formidable challenges that surpassed his initial expectations.
The CDT's unpredictable nature, coupled with higher-than-average precipitation this year, compelled Tom to find alternative solutions to complete his journey. He deviated from the route in northern New Mexico and traveled to Casper, WY, where he hiked 120 miles through the Wyoming Basin. He then took a 20-day break from the trail in Los Angeles, waiting for the snow to thaw.
Instead of continuing north through Colorado, Tom decided to drive to the northern terminus of the CDT at the US/Canadian border. From there, he will hike south through Montana and Idaho, hoping that the snow in Wyoming and Colorado will have melted by the time he reaches those sections.
Tom vividly recalls a nerve-wracking experience during his expedition, which epitomized the inherent risks he faced. It happened on an icy cliff, where water, mud, and biting cold intensified the challenge. The real danger lay in the seemingly ordinary moments rather than grand scenarios, as even a minor misjudgment could have led to a significant fall. “So much beauty,” he said, “but didn’t feel I had enough experience to put myself or others at risk staying out there until conditions change.”
|Tom met resistance in New Mexico but always maintained his joyous outlook as he reached Colorado.|
After completing his trek through New Mexico, Tom reflected, "…New Mexico definitely saved her best for last. I would love to spend more time there." He described the awe-inspiring views, unexpected hailstorms, and picturesque meadows adorned with melodious streams.
|The "Rabbit's" return to New Mexico was beautiful and welcoming.|
Despite the difficulties he has encountered, Tom persists and continues to share his extraordinary experiences with the entire Value Schools community. His exceptional hike and fundraising efforts directly contribute to the scholarship opportunities available to graduating seniors at Value Schools, as well as 529 college investment accounts for kindergarteners. Tom's determination in his trek and his commitment to giving back to the students and families at Value Schools serve as an inspiration to us all.